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Did you keep your cervix or have it removed?  And why. Did you keep your cervix or have it removed? And why.

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Unread 05-08-2002, 06:13 PM
Did you keep your cervix or have it removed? And why.

Ok, I keep going back and forth. My pre op appointment is Tues, so I need to decide. Do I keep my cervix or not? So, I am looking for what decisions others made and why.

Did you choose to keep your cervix and for what reasons? Did you choose to have it removed and again for what reasons? And, if you have had the surgery already, are you happy you made the decision you did? I have been reading up on as much as I can find and still am not sure. (heck, I am not 100% sure about my ovaries yet either!!)

I am 12 days away from my surgery and it is getting to be more of an obsession every day!

Thanks so much for any feelings.

Caren
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Unread 05-08-2002, 06:25 PM
Did you keep your cervix or have it removed? And why.

I didn't have a choice, my cervix was stuck to my bladder and colon, and doc had to cut most of it out. I have one little piece that was impossible to remove from my bowel.

If you still have your cervix, you can still have mini-periods, plus the C risk. I figure if I'm going through all that, take out whatever could give me problems later.
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Unread 05-08-2002, 06:36 PM
Did you keep your cervix or have it removed? And why.

After extensive research via internet & with 3 different doctors, I have opted to keep my cervix & found a gyn who was comfortable with this decision.

Why?

I'm at minimal risk for cervical cancer & as I will need to get a Pap & pelvic yearly whether I am with or without it....got it covered.

Also, the controversy is still strong over the 'sex issue' as well as the pelvic floor support issue.

& yes, there is the ~slightest~ possibility, if I keep an ovary tissue, of 'mini-period' - this chance does not bother me & I wouldn't mind at all. Would keep me 'informed' that my ovaries are working & would give me a 'gauge' on the menopause clock....if you know what I mean.

This is the way I look at it - if it's gone & I have prolapse or 'O' problems, I'll have to live with it for a LONG time (I'm 34). If I keep it & have problems, I can have the problems fixed much easier by removing it, etc.

My gyn says its up to each woman - the arguments for & against are even. He has no problem with me keeping my cervix & in fact, being as young as I am, he says he would probably make the same decision I am.

Now, if cancer is found on that ovary....all bets are off & EVERYTHING goes.

It's really up to you upon the advice of your gyn based on your own medical case.

Good luck!!

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Unread 05-08-2002, 06:56 PM
Did you keep your cervix or have it removed? And why.

Caren-

I had one ovary, my uterus, and my cervix removed. I too went back and forth. I finally decided to have it removed because I didn't want to have to worry about cervical cancer, and I also had been having bleeding problems due to thin skin on the lining of my cervix, and everytime I had intercourse, I would bleed. I had read the pros and cons regarding orgasm too, and talked to my doctor about it. She said that there are just as many arguments for as there against. Now that I am 7 weeks post op, I have had intercourse once, but I did have an orgasm, and I did not notice a difference in the quality except that I didn't have the pain and bleeding, so I guess maybe instead I should say it improved.

Anyways, it is a personal decision, and I know I have read that some people have reported differently.

Good luck in your decision and surgery!!

Take Care-

Cheri
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Unread 05-08-2002, 06:56 PM
Did you keep your cervix or have it removed? And why.

I too was undecided about keeping my cervix. My dr just grinned when I asked her if I could keep it. She continued grinning as she asked me why I wanted it. I know she was thinking it was the sex thing. I told her that was part of it but I also felt like I should keep something. She told me that if there was any information out there indicating that it was advantageous for me to keep it she would leave it in but she said there is no strong evidence that it would make a big difference if it was removed. Plus, my risk of cervical cancer would be gone and I wouldn't need yearly pap smears. I didn't keep it. I'm only 13 days post so I can't tell you if it makes and difference.

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Unread 05-08-2002, 07:22 PM
Keepin cervix

Caren,
I am 8 days post-op for a TAH. I kept my ovaries because I just turned 28 and they were healthy. I had my cervix removed mainly because of the mini- period issue. I have bled so much over the past few years the thought of having this surgery and then having any kind of bleeding just didn't sit well with me. It is a personal decision and I spoke with my doctor about prior to surgery. I am still a little sore (nothing that a couple of advil doesn't fix) and I tire very easily, but already I am glad I had this surgery. Good Luck and I hope you have a speedy and easy recovery!!

TaraLee TAH 4/30/02 for endo, fibroids and adeno
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Unread 05-08-2002, 09:05 PM
re: cervix remove or keep and why

I'm scheduled for a total laprascopic hysterectomy with BSO next week. Due to my painful history of endo both ovaries will go.

Due to my being a DES daughter, and the higher risk of cervical cancer, the cervix will go as well.

Since surgery is a week away, I'm scared, nervous and have a sense of "doom", but I'm confident about my choices and my doctor.

Kathryn
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Unread 05-09-2002, 03:46 AM
Did you keep your cervix or have it removed? And why.

Thanks to everyone who has replied. I am also very comfortable with my Doctor. He has been great and has never pushed me into anything I was not ready for.

I will talk to him about my in-decision. I know that ultimatly the final outcome will depend on what he sees when he gets in there!

Thanks again for your support.

Caren
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Unread 05-09-2002, 03:59 AM
Did you keep your cervix or have it removed? And why.

I'm going back and forth about the cervix too - currently I'm planning to keep it. What gets me is that the experts are not entirely sure of its anatomical function. I read in a couple of threads where it helps to support the bladder, according to some doctors. Others said that it does no such thing. I asked my regular doctor and she didn't know.

Anatomy has been studied systematically since the 17th century. While I can appreciate how the role of hormones and complex body chemicals is still poorly understood, it does seem to me that a basic yes/no anatomical question - does the cervix play any role in physically supporting the bladder? - doesn't have an agreed upon answer. My doctor said it's because women's bodies have been studied much, much less than men's bodies.

Maybe I'll go back and reread some of the threads on this again.

Pellice
SAH (I think)/BSO
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Unread 05-09-2002, 04:19 AM
Did you keep your cervix or have it removed? And why.

It had actually never crossed my mind to want to keep part of my uterus (since that's what the cervix is) so when the question came up I didn't have any problem saying take it all.

I did have a polyp on the cervix twice in the past, and pathology showed another one.

This is the way my DR explained it to me: the cervix is not a separate organ; it is part of the uterus, basically just the opening to the uterus. Once the uterus is gone it no longer has a function. It is about the size of a coat button. It serves no function in supporting other organs. During surgery the vagina is attached to other structures in the abdomen. Keeping the cervix there is still a risk for cervical cancer, and if you keep one or both ovaries there is also a chance of “mini periods”. The bladder has its own ligaments for support.

I'm 13 weeks post have not noticed any change regarding sex.

Good luck.
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